December 20, 2018
Red Bull Rookies
Since it’s inception in 2012 CEV Moto3 has been the proving ground for several riders in the MotoGP paddock including the likes of Alex Marques, Livio Loi, Francesco Bagnaia, Philipp Ottl, John McPhee, Brad Binder, Lorenzo Baldassarri and reigning Moto3 Champion Joan Mir. It’s clear the MotoGP paddock keep a very close eye on the series and they will have the chance to see Max in action first hand with the championship being on the support package at the Le Mans Grand Prix.
Along with Le Mans the championship will visit circuits including Aragon, Catalunya, Jerez and Valencia. It will be a different challenge to the British Talent Cup, but Max will be able to call upon his Red Bull Rookies experience to increase his chances at going for the title. Max has also made appearances in the FIM CEV Repsol European Talent Cup with his latest being at the championship finale this season at Valencia. With Max back in Red Bull Rookies for a second season next year it’s fair to say he’ll be keeping very busy and could be labelled as Britain’s fastest rising star in motorcycle racing.
To be the sole rider in the British Talent Team is a clear statement that the Junior Talent Team agree with the above backing Max to get them the results next year. Max becomes only the second rider to race with the team replacing Tom Booth-Amos who has raced in the championship for the last two seasons.
However, the Junior Talent Team go further back in the series with the Asia Talent Team making their debut back in 2015. Having had consistent results, they eventually took Kazuki Masaki to Moto3 in 2017 with the Japanese rider continuing to compete in the championship again in 2018. With that said it’s safe to say he will be in very good hands!
It’s fair to say this is a huge achievement for Max. His performances in 2018 have not gone unnoticed and he is about to take on what could be his toughest challenge yet. With 64 riders taking part in the 2018 season there is going to be plenty of competition, but Max has proven time and time again that he can adapt quickly and his raw speed and abilities should make him one to watch.
Being the only British rider to take part in both the FIM CEV Repsol World Junior Championship and Red Bull Rookies means there will certainly be a lot of eyes on Max. But pressure is what he thrives on and this could be what helps put Max on a path all the way to the top
Max Cook: “Next year will be an amazing year for me because not only am I going to be racing in the Red Bull Rookies but now also the FIM CEV Repsol World Junior Championship! I am so grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to prove what I can do being the only British rider in both championships. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Junior Talent Team for supporting me in this new challenge. I can’t wait to get started at Estoril!”
Keep posted on #YRDA as we will bring updates all the way throughout Max’s campaign in both championships both through our website and social media.